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Part I: Change—The New Constant > Change-Readiness: An Adaptive Skill

Chapter 3. Change-Readiness: An Adaptive Skill

The new work place is dynamic and volatile. Uncertainty is certain. Change is inevitable and pervasive. Even in cultures where stability and continuity are prized, external forces influence and sometimes determine business decisions.

On a mega-scale, a shift in oil prices can reverberate through organizations that seem far removed from the energy industry, causing retrenchment through job cuts. Within industries—in transportation, for example—a shakeout among providers can eliminate entire companies. In large organizations, restructuring and downsizing may close whole divisions and departments. In small businesses, survival often depends on trimming jobs to trim overhead.


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